Claire & Prosecco and Popcorn

I have a great post for you today from Claire at Simply Sweet Justice. Claire is a lawyer by day and a baker by night which fully explains the theme of her site. With October being National Popcorn Month, her post is extremely timely. As with Kim’s guest post from yesterday, I’ve been a little tardy in getting this up, as well. Better late than never, right? 

Claire, Thx for being so understanding about the timing and for sharing your food story with us!

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Prosecco and Popcorn by Claire of Simply Sweet Justice

Since it is National Popcorn Month, it is time for celebration!  Since prosecco is often a celebratory wine–and one of my favorites, it seemed like a perfect pairing!

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Prosecco and Popcorn by Claire of Simply Sweet Justice

Prosecco and Popcorn

Prosecco and popcorn? Sophistication meets fun. It’s fancy but simple.

Both prosecco and popcorn are associated with good, fun times! Prosecco is often a celebratory drink. Bottles of prosecco were popped when I finished law school, bought my house, and passed the state bar exam. In Italy, it is enjoyed as a wine for any occasion. Life is a celebration, after all! In my kitchen, I have a framed quote, “Celebrate! Life is good!” To me, time with friends and family is celebrating life, and celebrations involve food and good drinks! To embrace this, I often enjoy a glass of prosecco when out to dinner or even when having an at-home dinner party with friends. Popcorn at the movies—even though it was a little pricey–always made for a fun outing. During a family visit to Lake Tahoe, a blizzard hit and knocked out our electricity. We popped Jiffy Pop over the fire. Even though it burnt, it was still a happy time since I was with family. The word “popcorn” just sounds fun!

What do I love most about this pairing? To me, the “celebrate with something special” nature of prosecco and the “kick back and just enjoy” feeling from popcorn just says “everyday is special, so have fun now!” Ferris Bueller sums it up pretty well in this clip.

Prosecco is an Italian sparkling wine. Prosecco is the name of the white grape (also known as Glera) that is used to produce the wine. It is from the Veneto region of Italian, which is northeast of the boot. Procecco has a crisp texture and light bubble, and the flavor is intensely aromatic with apple, pear, peach, apricot, and a hint of almond. Drinking it is a good reminder that life is sweet!

Prosecco pairs extremely well with popcorn. Prosecco cleanses the palate and ensures that each bite is as great as the first.

This popcorn is tossed with Herbes de Provence infused garlic butter and Asiago cheese. Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs typical of Provence. Asiago cheese melts easily, making it perfect for popcorn. The popcorn is full of such big flavors, and it pairs perfectly with a glass of prosecco. It’s divine!

Prosecco and popcorn might sound like a crazy combination, but it makes a fun date night movie pairing! :)

La vita è buona!

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Popcorn with Herbs de Provence and Asiago Cheese by Claire of Simply Sweet Justice

Popcorn with Herbs de Provence and Asiago Cheese
Yields 8 Cups

Ingredients:
6 tbsp. unsalted butter, room temperature
2 large garlic cloves, crushed
1 1/2 tsp. herbes de Provence
1 1/2 tsp. sea salt
1/3 cup finely grated Asiago cheese
1/2 cup popcorn kernels

Directions:
Combine the butter, garlic, and herbes de Provence in a small saucepan. Cook over low heat until the butter melts. Remove the saucepan from the heat and let it stand while making the popcorn.

Make the popcorn using your preferred method. (I used an air popper with 2 tbsp. of coconut oil. If you use a large pot over the stove, use 1/4 cup of oil.) After the popcorn is finished, transfer it to a large bowl.

Remove the garlic cloves from the butter and discard. Add the salt, cheese, and herbed butter mixture to the popcorn. Toss until the popcorn is coated. Serve immediately.

Source: Giada De Laurentiis

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  1. This sounds like a great idea. I’ve always enjoyed prosecco but never thought to pair it with popcorn. You’re totally right about the palate cleansing – which is nice, especially when eating popcorn that may have been seasoned a bit aggressively :-) and I may do from time to time.

    One recommendation – use clarified butter, ghee, OR, in that first step, clarify the butter yourself. The large amount of water in butter tends to melt popcorn flakes. That’s why folks often wonder why their homemade buttered popcorn is never as crisp and crunchy as it is at the movies. It’s because theaters use either clarified “popcorn butter” or various flavored oils. There is no water in either of those and so the popcorn remains crunchy and not soggy.

  2. I have never had popcorn with prosecco. Look how much I’ve missed! I will rectify this at once.
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  3. What a nice post! Yum, I love Prosecco and popcorn as well. Terrific combination!

  4. Prosecco is great stuff. Anything with bubbles if fun to drink, and I love its light, refreshing flavor. And you can turn it into a Bellini, which is a wonderful drink. And popcorn is one of my fav snacks. Nice post – thanks.
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  5. Mmmmmm….I love both Prosecco AND popcorn! And I love the way you seasoned up the popcorn! Nice idea, Claire!

  6. What a fun post! Thank you for suggesting this pairing!
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  7. Popcorn is for the movies but Prosecco is for any time. In our recent trip to Italy we drink gallons of it. I love the mild fizz more than in spumante.
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  8. Yum, that popcorn sounds awesome. I love the idea of using asiago!
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  9. I love the stunning flavours you have added to popcorn :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru
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  10. I have a friend and whenever we get together we have a glass of Prosecco. Like you say, it’s a great drink for a celebration. But, I’ve never actually had it with popcorn! xx
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